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How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?

If traveling abroad is on the agenda in the near future, now is the time to start the process of applying for a passport.

A passport is a document which is issued by a national government as a means of identification for the person who holds it. It certifies the identity and nationality of the person listed on the document, which is important when traveling internationally.

In the United States, passports are issued through one of the State Department's 14 passport issuing centers. They also can be issued through clerks at federal and state courts, designated post offices and U.S. consular authorities in foreign countries for citizens who are living abroad. Persons applying for a passport must provide proof of citizenship and residency at the time of the application, as well as a passport-specific photo. Acceptable proof of citizenship and residency includes an original birth certificate or notarized copy and a valid driver's license.

Passport-specific photos also are required at the time of application. Be sure to use a photographer who is qualified to take passport photos, as there are specific requirements for how a person must appear in them in order for them to be valid for usage.

If it is your first time obtaining a passport, there are a few things to know prior to applying. First and foremost, you must apply in person at a passport-issuing agency. A copy of your original birth certificate, or a notarized copy, must be presented at the time of application. You also will need proof of residency, such as a driver's license, a pay stub or utility bills. A passport-appropriate photo also must accompany your passport application. Applications can be received in person at a passport-issuing agency, or downloaded online from the U.S. Department of State website.

Others who must apply in person are those under the age of 16, or if your first passport was issued when you were under 16. If your original passport was lost or stolen, you also are required to appear in person to request a new one. Also, if you have married or recently changed your name, you must appear in person to request an updated passport.

Those who are simply replacing an expiring passport can complete the process entirely online. A passport renewal application (form DS-82) is available on the U.S. Department of State website. The old passport must be sent in with the renewal application in order for the renewal to be processed.

Processing times for passports vary depending on the season and the demand for new or replacement passports occurring at that time. In 2009, when the United States changed travel rules requiring passports to travel between the United States and Canada, there was an influx of new passport applications which bogged down the system. At that time, it was reported that passports were taking roughly four to five months to process.

Currently, routine passports are being processed in approximately four to six weeks, according to processing information provided by the U.S. Department of State. Passport expediting services, however, can shorten this time to as little as 24 hours. As processing times are subject to change, it is best to check the U.S. Department of State's website prior to applying for or renewing an existing passport. If you know travel which would require a passport is in the near future, do not wait to apply, or consider using a passport expediting service in order to get the passport sooner.

Passports expire every 10 years for citizens over the age of 18 and every five years for those under 18. Upon expiration, passports must be replaced if the holder wishes to continue having one. Because people change in appearance with age, passports cannot simply be renewed, but must be completely replaced, including with an updated photo of the passport holder.

Artists putting their stamps on Polk Street's "˜Passports'

San Francisco artist Lynn Kirby has been going to the Russian Hill Bookstore since it opened 24 years ago. So when she was invited by the San Francisco Arts Commission to design a unique ink stamp for any business on Polk Street, she requested the bookstore.

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:16:00 GMT



Passports for purchase: Open citizenship doors around the world

(CNN) - Turns out money doesn't just buy a glamorous vacation in the Caribbean or a killer suite in Quebec -- it can buy residency too. While British citizens are rushing to claim Irish passports post-Brexit vote, the world's most elite travelers don't ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:03:00 GMT



Venezuela extends expired passports for two years amid paper and ink shortages

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed an emergency decree earlier this week extending expired passports for two more years amid a widespread shortage of paper and ink at the government agency that issues the travel documents. Demand for new passports ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:58:00 GMT



Kane County Clerk encourages holiday travelers to apply now for passports

Falling leaves and temperatures are a reminder that the holiday season is coming. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for travel, and Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham recommends that Kane County ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:29:00 GMT



ASU students receive free passports to study abroad

Albany State University school leaders are concerned about the number of students who study abroad. Right now, those numbers are extremely low, so school leaders are sponsoring 100 passports for students interested in studying abroad. It's a collaborative ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:32:00 GMT



Travelers from 9 states will need passports for domestic flights in 2018

The deadline is approaching for nine states that have yet to update state IDs in compliance with the REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005. As a result, residents in those nine states will have to present a valid U.S. passport - instead of a driver's ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:12:00 GMT



9 States Will Require Passports for U.S. Flights

Come January 22, 2018, residents of nine states will need a passport to board any flight, domestic or international, according to new TSA guidelines. It's always refreshing when air travel becomes more complicated.

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:06:44 GMT



22 states will require passports for domestic flights

Travelers from 22 states will need a passport in 2018 to board domestic flights if their states do not update their state IDs. States were required to comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 that was passed to ensure safer air travel.

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Gender-neutral British passports bid reaches High Court

London (AFP) - A campaigner seeking gender-neutral passports won the right Wednesday to mount a challenge against the British government in the High Court. Christie Elan-Cane, who does not identify as either male or female, believes Britain's passport ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:49:00 GMT



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